La Vie en Rose

I'm going to be honest here, I am not a fan of the color pink.  I have hated it since I was little.  Recently however, I have discovered that my hatred is strictly limited to the cotton candy, bubblegum variety of said color.  And now, to change almost everything I thought I knew about myself; I find myself gravitating to more rosy and vibrant shades of the color such as those almost neon-colored tourmalines, garnets and rabbit-blood colored natural rubies.


The Mana Ring with Watermelon Tourmaline by Sirciam is a perfect example of how pink doesn't have to look "childish / girly" & can have a rustic yet refined vibe.  This ring checks al the boxes for me!

Because I like to "step it up a bit," I've also been experimenting with rose gold.  I've added a few pieces to my personal collection the past couple of years and have just been floored by how good it looks on every skin tone no matter how dark or pale.  I mean, I am so pale you can almost see through me on a good day and only a slightly less offensive shade of transparent in the summer.  So imagine my surprise to discover that when I wear rose gold, the peachy tint of the metal brings my skin to life in a way that yellow gold can't.  Damn!  Why did I not give this underrated metal a chance earlier?!?!


Even when layered with creamy-white pearls, the rose gold seems to bring my skin back to life & not just because my Irish freckles are blending together!  I honestly think if more folks gave this color of gold a chance, they would never go back to yellow gold.  I said what I said.

It's very much giving me Parisian / "La Vie en Rose" vibes!  To think, the literal translation of "La Vie en Rose" is 'Life in pink.'  The term was made popular by French singer, Édith Piaf in 1947 when she released the song as single.  The title of which can be also be loosely translated as: "Life in happy hues," "Life seen through rose-colored glasses," or "Life in rosy hues."  (Although the literal meaning is still "Life in Pink.")  


This 0.70ct peachy-red rustic diamond is bezel-set in 14k rose gold on an 18" chain.  It's perfect for layering & the rose gold compliments every skin tone.  It's just gives off summery-beachy vibes.  It's available in the Inspired Antiquity Etsy shop now.

So maybe the French were on to something?  The song essentially means seeing life through rose-colored glasses.  Living with an attitude or outlook of positivity, trying to see beauty in the everyday; like you do when you first fall in love.  All I can say is, it must be working 'cause rose gold has been changing my mind about the color pink and I've never been happier about it!


If you have an extra $22,000 USD laying around & you want to take your rose gold jewelry collection to the next level, there's this Tiffany & Co. Knot Double Row Bangle in 18k rose gold with a total carat weight of 2.05cts.

To watch a video of Édith Piaf singing "La Vie en Rose," click here or watch below.  The English translation of the song is below my signature line for those interested in further exploring those 'rose colored glasses.'



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English Lyrics: French to English Translation

Eyes which make me lower mine

a laugh that gets lost on his lips

this is the image without retouching

of the man to whom I belong

when he takes me in his arms

he speaks to me softly

and I see life through rose-colored glasses

he tells me love words

everyday words

and that makes me shiver

he came into my heart

a piece of happiness

whose cause I know

he’s mine and I’m his

in this life

he told me it, he swore it for his life

and since I spotted him

I can feel inside me

my heart beating

nights of love without end

a great happiness has settled replacing

boredom, sorrow, phases

happy immensely happy

when he takes me in his arms

he speaks to me softly

and I see life through rose-colored glasses

he tells me love words

everyday words

and that makes me shiver

he came into my heart

a piece of happiness

whose cause I know

he’s mine and I’m his

in this life

he told me it, he swore it for his life

and since I spotted him

I can feel inside me

my heart beating.

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